Youth Futures Foundation have launched their rolling grants programme. Launching at a time of unprecedented challenge, we know there will be significant implications for young people and the organisations that support them.
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The objective to of the grants programme is to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice and to understand what works when tackling youth unemployment.
This new fund will be distributed to organisations across England that have a promising track record of supporting young people who face barriers to accessing employment. It will fund delivery work and related overhead costs for specific programmes, entire organisations, partnerships or consortiums. The aim is to fund in the most helpful and flexible way possible for grant recipients. In addition, it will provide capacity building support to help organisations strengthen and grow their work. This rolling programme allows organisations to apply throughout the year, with quarterly decision making rather than separate rounds or deadlines.
The launch of this fund is an important first step in our ability to build a lasting, robust evidence base of what works to help those young people who face the most challenges moving into work. Our aim is that this learning can help to better support policy makers, employers, funders and commissioners to ensure that all young people can pursue meaningful and sustained economic pathways for the future.
In the face of Covid-19 our work has become more important than ever. When this crisis passes there will be more young people with gaps in their education, more young people with inadequate training and more young people out of work. We are committed to addressing this now and for the long term. Youth Futures Foundation
Separately to the planned launch the Youth Futures Foundation is doing two key things:
1. We are calling for government to unlock an emergency support package for charities and social enterprises working with children and young people.
2. We are working in partnership with other funders to develop a nationwide emergency funding response for the youth, community and employment sector. If you are seeking urgent funding to sustain your organisation over the next 3-6 months, this may be more appropriate for you than our rolling grants programme.